Reference Machine for Parts of Books - IEEE style

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On this page: How to do a bibliographic reference for a journal article.

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Example. Move your mouse over the example for details:

E.P. Wigner, "Theory of traveling wave optical laser," Phys. Rev., vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 635–646, Dec. 1965.

Bibliography entry for a Journal Article
(Using the IEEE style)

Fill in the boxes, and then press the 'Create Reference' button:

1. Main author's family name: (Help) -> e.g. Wong
2. Main author's initials: (Help) e.g. W.M.

If there is a second author, fill in points 3. and 4. If there is only one author, go on to number 7.

3. Second author's family name: (Help) e.g. Chan
4. Second author's initials: (Help) e.g. W.M.

If there is a third author, fill in points 5. and 6. If there are only two authors, go on to number 7.

5. Third author's family name: (Help) e.g. Fu
6. Third author's initials: (Help) e.g. W.M.
7. Title of the PART or CHAPTER, not the book (Capital letter for the first letter of the first word. If there is a sub-title, use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word.): e.g. Hong Kong linguistics: Every coin has two sides
8. Name of the BOOK:
(Use capital letters at the start of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, but not for prepositions, articles and conjunctions.
e.g. Modern Linguistics
9. Edition:  
10. Volume number: e.g. 20
11. Family name of the first editor:
12. Initials of the first editor:  
  Your list of editors:  
    Add another editor No more editors  
13. City of publication: (Help) e.g. Oxford
14. Name of the publishing company: e.g. Oxford University Press
15. Page numbers: e.g. 2
e.g. 2–4
e.g. 21,25
16. Date of publication: e.g. Jan.

 Click this button for your reference:

Click this button to empty all the boxes and start again:


Family name of the next editor:  
Initials of the next editor:  
No more editors..


Author's Family Name Help:

If you can't find an author's name, for example in a newspaper or magazine, use the title of the newspaper or magazine.

Do not use 'et al.' in bibliographies: quote the names of all the authors and/or editors.

If you don't know which name is the family name and which are the other names:

  1. Look at the pages in the front of the book for the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. If you see the author's name with a comma after the first word, then that first word is the author's family name.
  2. Use the library catalogue to search for the title of the book, then look for the author's name.
  3. Search for the book at or Barnes and Noble, find the book by its title, then look for the author's family name.
  4. Check the list of other names.
  5. If you can't find the information in the sources above, use all of the name.

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Author's Initials Help

The author's initials are the first letters of each of the author's family names. For example, if the author is Wong Wai Man, then the initials are W. M.

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Last updated on: Friday, August 19, 2016